Willow

Behold the willow
Leaves yarn on an inkle loom
Roots seek new knowledge
One branch will grow into tree
When trained by Lady Gwynneth
Sugawara no Tokihira

Liner notes:

Lady Gwynneth is known for fiber arts, particularly inkle loom weaving.  She has sought new applications for her work and has entered her work in a number of A&S competitions, including being a member of the winning team at Golden Seamstress in the Advanced category, in which she experimented with wire brocade.  A willow branch, planted near water, can grow into a new tree; Gwynneth has taught a number of people the art of inkle loom.

The form is waka, Japanese in origin with a 5-7-5-7-7 pattern of syllables.  This was my award recommendation for an Order of the Willow for Lady Gwynneth Featherstone. Awarded by their Majesties hand at Squire’s Tourney, on 2nd day of 4th month, AS XLVIII.

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